Synthesis of substituted 3-anilino-5-phenyl-1,3-dihydro-2H-1,4-benzodiazepine-2-ones and their evaluation as cholecystokinin-ligands

Michael Offel, Pornthip Lattmann, Harjit Singh, D.C. Billington, Yodchal Bunprakob, Jintana Sattayasai, Eric Lattmann*

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3-Amino-1,4-benzodiazepines as well as chemically related diverse amines were prepared from oxazepam and subsequently screened on the cholecystokinin receptor in a radiolabel binding assay. Oxazepam 2 was activated via its 3-chloro-1,4-benzodiazepine intermediate 3 and was reacted with a large series of aliphatic and aromatic amines. The substituted 3-anilino-1,4-benzodiazepine structure was identified as lead structure in a diverse series of 3-amino-1,4-benzodiazepines 4-38 and the full SAR (structure-activity relationship) optimisation provided 3-anilinobenzodiazepines 16-38 with CCK 1 receptor selectivity to CCK 2. The compounds 18, 24, 28 and 33 have shown affinities at the CCK 1 receptor of 11, 10, 11 and 9 nM, respectively. These equipotent CCK 1 ligands were fully evaluated in behaviour pharmacological essays. An antidepressant effect was identified in the tail suspension- and the Porsolt swimming-test. The ED 50 values for 24 and 28 were determined in these assays as 0.46 and 0.49 mg/kg. The mixed antagonist 37 showed in addition to the antidepressant effects anxiolytic properties. © 2006 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-173
Number of pages11
JournalArchiv der Pharmazie
Issue number4
Early online date30 Mar 2006
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006


  • 1,4-benzodiazepines
  • antidepressant
  • CCK receptor
  • cholecystokinin


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